Mahela played an excellent innings of 94 off just 83 balls © Getty Images
Mahela played an excellent innings of 94 off just 82 balls © Getty Images

Jan 20, 2015

Catch live scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary of the 4th ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka

(With the series level at 1-1, both New Zealand and Sri Lanka have the chance to take the lead in the series. Catch all the action here)

New Zealand have beaten Sri Lanka by four wickets in the fourth ODI at Nelson to take a two-one lead in the seven match ODI seres. Luke Ronchi never allowed the pressure to get to him or the tail as he took the game away from Sri Lanka with a few timely blows to the fence. He took 24 runs from one Thisara Perera over to clinch the game for New Zealand in the 48th over. That left them just one run to score from 12 balls and New Zealand eventually toppled Sri Lanka with 11 balls to spare.

New Zealand have gone past 250 in  response to Sri Lanka’s 276. They need another 26 runs to win from three overs to take a two one lead in the seven match series. The untimely dismissals of Kane Williamson and Corey Anderson has given Sri Lanka a glimmer of hope as Luke Ronchi and Daniel Vettori close in on the Sri Lankan total. The lack of a quality death bowler may hurt Sri Lanka here but another wicket will set the cat among the pigeons.

New Zealand have gone past 150 in response to Sri Lanka’s 276. Kane Williamson and Grant Elliott resurrected the New Zealand innings. Williamson went past his 14th One-Day International fifty and the pair added 88 valuable runs for the fourth wicket before Jeevan Mendis sprung into action and sent Elliott packing against the run of play. Elliott made a contribution of 44 before being dismissed.  Corey Anderson who was instrumental in New Zealands victory over Sri Lanka in the first ODI has joined Williamson in the middle. He is an ideal player to have in at this stage when New Zealand require almost seven runs an over to win.

The match is evenly poised at the Saxton Oval in Nelson as Sri Lanka strike twice. New Zealand were off to a brisk start but the wickets of Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill have pegged them back a touch. Nuwan Kulasekara and captain Angelo Mathews are the bowlers among the wickets thus far. The Sri Lankans have been consistent with their lines and lengths and their perseverance has paid dividends as the attacking Kiwi opening batsmen both succumbed to soft dismissals.

Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene batted Sri Lanka out of trouble and helped Sri Lanka to put up a competitive score in their allotted 50 over at Nelson. The Lankans had a shaky start. The early wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne brought Sangakkara in the crease in the fifth over of the match. He along with Tillakaratne Dilshan put a 100 plus run partnership for the second wicket. After Dilshan got out Jayawardene came to wicket played a counter attacking knock.

Luke Ronchi’s assault helps New Zealand chase down their target with 11 balls to spare. At one stage it looked as though the match was going down to the wire but Ronchi ensured there were no hiccups as he smacked Thisara Perera for 24 runs in the 48th over that left the Kiwis just one more run to get which they got of the first ball of the penultimate over.


Kane Williamson has been dismissed after completing a fifth ODI century. Williamson was cleaned up by Thissara Perera for 103. But he has brought New Zealand within touching distance of the Sri Lankan total.
OUT! Kane Williamson 103 (107) B Perera


Grant Elliott was dismissed against the run of play for a well constructed 44 that helped New Zealand recover from a delicately placed 63 for three. Elliot and Williamson added 88 runs for the fourth wicket. Jeevan Mendis accounted for Elliot’s wicket.
OUT! Grant Elliott 44 (58) C Thirimanne B Mendis


Kane Williamson and Grant Elliott have steadied a stuttering innings after the untimely loss of Ross Taylor for just eight. The duo have added 76 runs for the fourth wicket scoring at over five runs an over. Kane Williamson has gone past his 14th One-Day International fifty in the process.


Sri Lanka’s perseverance has paid rich dividends as they grab another crucial scalp, that of opener Martin Guptill. The Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews has sprung into action with his wicket.
OUT! Martin Guptill 20 (27) C Sangakkara B Mathews


Nuwan Kulasekara has delivered early for Sri Lanka and its a massive breakthrough. Brendon McCullum has succumbed to a soft dismissal. His wicket should lift the Sri Lankan spirits after a late innings collapse.
OUT! Brendon McCullum 11 (11) C Perera B Kulasekara













Sri Lanka All out! They lose 31 for 6 in final overs. Good comeback by New Zealand. New Zealand must be very happy with how they pulled things back during the last few overs. At one stage, when Sangakkara and Jayawardene were batting, Sri Lanka looked all set to achieve a total in excess of 300.
Herath c Williamson b McClenaghan 0(1)



Kulasekara Run Out!! This is just crazy! Brendon McCullum has been flying all over the park today. Another great bit of fielding from him. Sri Lanka lose their way in the final overs.
Kulasekara run out (Brendon McCullum/McClenaghan) 4(7)



OUT! Eight down. Caught by Vettori!! Mendis goes now and Sri Lanka are eight down now. It was a full toss just outside off, Mendis was looking to go over cover, but ends up slicing it in the air.
J Mendis c Vettori b Southee 12(10)



OUT! Parera gone. Crucial wicket in the context of the game taken by Southeee. Parera is good slog over batsman, and his wicket can made a difference of 15-20 runs.
OUT! Perera c Brendon McCullum b Southee 5(6)


OUT! Mahela misses out on his century by just six runs. Caught behind. Anderson takes his wicket. Sri Lanka still favourites to reach 300 run mark here.
Jayawardene c Ronchi b Corey Anderson 94(82)


OUT! Gone! Sri Lanka five down. Strange inning of Thirimanne comes to an end. Time for some Thisera Parera show now. Mahela Jayawardene is looking solid on the other end. He is nearing a hundred now.
OUT! Thirimanne b McClenaghan 19(31)



Fifty of for Sri Lankan veteran, Mahela Jayawardene. 77 ODI half-century for him. Sri Lanka looking goog for 300 here. Lahiru Thirimanne is giving him good company. New Zealand need good death overs to get back in the game.



OUT! Two in two. Golden duck for Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews. Caught behind. Mathews comes across and gets a faint edge while he was looking to glance it fine, the umpire says ‘Not-Out’, New Zealand opts to review and gets it right.
Mathews c Ronchi b Milne 0(1)


Out! Sangakkara is gone. Milne strikes. Excellent catch by Guptill at short cover at the short cover. Big wicket in the context of the game for both teams. Skipper Angelo Mathews is at the crease now.
OUT! Sangakkara c Guptill b Milne 76(83)


Out! The partnership is broken. Sri Lanka lose Tillakaratne Dilshan and it the part timer Kane Williamson, who gets the breakthrough. Meanwhile Sangakkara reached his 92nd ODI fifty. Mahela Jayawardene is the new man in.
Dilshan c Guptill b Williamson 44(57)


Excellent partnership for the second wicket for Sri Lanka. It not only steadied the ship but also providing them a vey good platform for putting up a good score. Especially Sangakkara is looking in an ominous touch. The partnership is already on 69 off 64 balls.


OUT! Early wicket for New Zealand. LBW. Southee gets the wicket of Karunaratne. It is a fuller length delivery swinging back into the left-hander, Karunaratne comes on the front foot and looks to flick, but misses, the ball hit him below the knee roll in front middle and leg, Karunaratne has a chat with Dilshan whether to take the review and decides against it.
OUT! Karunaratne lbw b Southee 5 (16)


Excellent first over by Tim Southee. Just two runs came from the first over. Sri Lankan openers Karunaratne and Dilshan will look to see of the first few overs. Its a bright sunny day at Nelson and this game is very teams in the context of the series, which is currently leveled at 1-1.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the fourth One-Day International (ODI) between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the Saxton Oval in Nelson on Tuesday. I am Sandipan Banerjee, and I will bring you live updates from this match. The series is currently evenly placed at 1-1, with the third ODI getting washed out without a result. While the hosts came out on top in the Test series and won the first ODI, Sri Lanka came back well to clinch the second match before rain played spoilsport in the third game.

On a bright sunny day at Nelson, Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews won an important toss and decided to bat first in this crucial encounter. New Zealand side have made three changes for this game. Kane Williamson, Grant Elliott and Adam Milne have come in place of Tom Latham, Nathan McCullum and Mat Henry.

Sri Lanka win the toss and decide to bat first.